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2011-11-18 07:02:25

The mention of lemmings usually evokes images of small rodents throwing themselves off the top of cliffs in acts of mass suicide; however, their reputations might no longer be determined by hearsay as a new report suggests they could be having an intricate effect on the Earth's climate. The study, published today, 18 November, in IOP Publishing's journal Environmental Research Letters, suggests that lemmings may be maintaining the biomass of certain plants in the Arctic at a time when the...

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2009-01-28 13:40:00

An increase in snowy owl populations in the South suggests that the arctic species did so well in its northern breeding grounds last year that competition is driving the young ones to warmer climates, biologists told the Associated Press on Wednesday. Upstate New York and other northern states are considered the usual areas most snowy owls end up every winter. But researchers say this year several have been spotted farther south, in states where they're rarely seen. The first snowy owl...

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2008-11-06 12:00:00

Among the growing numbers of species to be hit by global climate change, it appears that lemming populations are declining due to wetter winters in southern Norway, researchers said. Scientists found that numbers of the animals no longer vary over a regular cycle, as they did until a decade ago. Writing in the journal Nature, researcher Nils Stenseth of Oslo University and colleagues from Norway and France found that a reduction of lemmings was causing predators such as the Arctic fox to eat...


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Southern Bog Lemming, Synaptomys cooperi
2012-07-27 12:32:47

The southern bog lemming (Synaptomys cooperi) is native to North America, and its range overlaps with that of the Northern Bog Lemming in southeastern Canada. It prefers a habitat within wetlands, grasslands, and mixed forests in eastern North America. It once held two subspecies, the Kansas and Nebraska, bog lemmings, but these are now extinct. The southern bog lemming can reach an average body length of 5.1 inches and a weight of around 1.2 ounces. Its body is round with contrastingly...

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2007-10-23 13:50:58

The Norway Lemming or Norwegian Lemming (Lemmus lemmus), is a common species of lemming found in northern Scandinavia and adjacent areas of Russia. It is the only vertebrate species endemic to the region. The Norway lemming dwells in tundra and fells, and prefers to live near water. Adults feed primarily on sedges, grasses and moss. They are active at both day and night, alternating naps with periods of activity. They are also migratory. In typical years, the Norway Lemming spends the...

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2007-07-16 13:44:16

The North American Brown Lemming, Lemmus trimucronatus, is a species of lemming found in North America. The lemming is found in the tundra areas of northern Canada (Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Yukon) and Alaska. It is also found on the west coast of British Columbia almost as far south as Vancouver Island. They live underground. The lemming is brown in color, with a reddish-brown back and rump, while the head and shoulder are grey. In the winter the coat becomes longer and grayer....

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